Notable Cast: Susan Scoot (Nieves Navarro), Frank Wolff, Simon Andreu, Carlo Gentili, George Rigaud, Jose Manuel Martin, Fabrizio Moresco, Luciano Rossi, Claudie Lange
While the giallo film era only lasted a handful of years in the late 60s and early 70s, there seems to be a very robust selection of films in that style that came out in a very short span. As someone decently new to the genre, I tend to go by recommendations from those around me and early on my brother touted the films of Ercoli as some that I needed to see. With the release of Arrow Video’s newest boxset Death Walks Twice (which includes Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight), the time seemed perfect to jump in. The earlier of the two films, Death Walks on High Heels, seemed the right place to start. Considering that both films form a sort of very loose trilogy of films featuring Ercoli’s wife in the lead role – the first one being Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, already conveniently reviewed by my brother HERE, but not included in this boxset – it seemed perfect for my further exploration of the giallo genre. Death Walks in High Heels is a rather intriguing film too. Similar to the giallo I reviewed earlier called What Have You Done to Solange?, High Heels is more intent on developing a mystery than it is about showcasing the stronger exploitation elements of killers and sex (although both obviously play key roles in that development) and it makes for a film that rises above a lot of the gimmicks of the genre and comes off as an artfully complex film that giallo fans are certain to enjoy.
Nicole (Scott) has had her life thrown up in the air. Her boyfriend Michel (Andreu) is still not working, her father is missing and he’s wanted in connection to a diamond heist, and her job as an exotic dancer has earned her an oddly dedicated fan from a British doctor (Wolff). When a mysterious black clad stranger with a straight razor and striking blue eyes shows up and threatens her, she takes the opportunity of her newly swooning fan to get out of the country…but that doesn’t seem to stop a killer from finding her.
|Get to the point.|
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|The killer...must be...Daniel Craig.|
I can’t wait to dig into the next film of the set, Death Walks at Midnight.
ARROW VIDEO FEATURES:
ARROW VIDEO FEATURES:
- Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight
- Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
- Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
- Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
- Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
- Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
- Newly-edited archive interview with director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro
- Master of Giallo – brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks on High Heels and offers up his thoughts as to what constitutes a good giallo
- An interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
- Original Italian trailer
- Original English trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx